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Faculty Short-Term International Activity Program

There will no competitions for this program during the 2014-2015 academic year. Please check back later.

The Office of International Programs is pleased to administer the Faculty Short-Term International Activity funding program.  

Since 2009, dozens of UM faculty have received support from this program to engage in overseas short-term collaborative research, attend an overseas research conference, oversee student international research, and similar activities. The maximum award amount for both faculty and staff from this program is $1500.00.  Prior to applying for this funding, applicants are strongly encouraged to explore other funding sources, particularly from their respective administrative or academic unit. All matching funds available from other sources must be listed in the budget sheet, which can be found in the faculty and staff application links, and faculty and staff traveling abroad are required to have adequate health insurance and register in the UM International Travel Registry.

This map below provides information about where faculty and staff who received Short-Term International Activity Funding have traveled to, and what type of activities they conducted.

View Faculty Short-Term International Activities in a larger map

This program does not replace the Faculty Long-term International Activity Program award nor the Faculty Professional Enhancement Program (mini-sabbatical, visiting scholar, instructional development, sabbatical competitions).  

Please contact Peter Baker at or (406) 243-6142 with any questions.


Eligibility Requirements

  1. Must currently be a U.M. faculty member in any status (assoc., asst., adjunct, etc.)
  2. The funding will be used to support overseas activities only, including travel to/from the U.S. to the site of that activity
  3. Can’t have received an award within the past 2 years (4 competitions)
  4. Can’t have received more than 3 awards from this program ever
  5. Activity will occur within the eligible funding period. For the next several competitions those periods are:

Competition:                                Funding period:

  • Fall 2013 competition:         January 1, 2014 – June 30, 2014
  • Spring 2014 competition:    July 1, 2014 – December 31, 2014
  • Fall 2014 competition:         January 1, 2015 – June 30, 2015
  • Spring 2015 competition:    July 1, 2015 – December 31, 2015

**Please note that overlap between funding periods is allowed IF the activity from a respective competition begins within the eligible funding period.


Faculty applications will be evaluated on a competitive basis. Applications that meet the deadline and general eligibility requirements will be reviewed by a panel of peer reviewers, which consists of a faculty member from each of the university’s colleges and schools. That panel will discuss and rank them based on the selection criteria listed below. Recommendations will be forwarded to the Director of the Office of International Programs. All funding decisions are final, and the Office International Programs reserves the right to request a revised budget in cases where applications are not / can not be funded at the full requested amount. Before submitting an application review the eligibility requirements listed below. All requirements must be met for the application to be considered.

Evaluation Criteria:

The following criteria will be used by the peer reviewers as the basis for evaluating the merits of each proposal and must be addressed explicitly in the application:

1.  Instruction

Explain the anticipated effect upon UM curriculum as measured by course development and enrichment, syllabi changes, thesis supervision, and related output. For each activity/output also provide a general timeline for the development and eventual utilization of these instruction-related items.

2. Scholarship

Explain the anticipated effect upon scholarship, research and/or creative activities at UM as measured by refereed publications, grant applications, contracts, presentations, or other related work. For each of these activities provide a timeline for the publication and/or grant submission.

3. Outreach

Provide a plan to disseminate information you learn from this activity to the university and local community as measured by articles, speeches, presentations, performances, and related contributions. All recipients are expected to participate in at least on outreach activity related to their overseas experience with 6 months of its conclusion.

4. Budget

In addition to the budget worksheet, provide information about why the requested support is appropriate for the proposed activity – explain how the requested funds will be maximized to achieve the anticipated outcomes and other sources of support you’ll receive or are pursuing.

5. Overall Quality of Application and Alignment to Strategic Plan

Points will be awarded based upon the overall quality of the application, and how well it aligns to the 5 ‘issues’ listed in the university’s strategic plan and their respective ‘indicators of success’.

Format & Deadline


Applications will be submitted online. Familiarize yourself with the requirements of this application and please understand that you are not able to save and return to it – it must be completed and submitted in one session.  

**Once the application is submitted please email Peter Baker at to confirm its receipt and be sure to choose the correct application tab (located at the type right of the application page).


The Fall 2013 competition has closed.  The Spring 2014 competition will be announced in March.  

Budget Guidelines

A formal budget worksheet and proposed timeframe for travel must accompany each application. All funds awarded must be spent exclusively for the overseas activity for which the application is being submitted and are non-transferable. In addition to the selection criteria listed above, awards will be judged by the amount of funds available, the quality of the application, and the number of applications submitted. Recipients are responsible for working with their designated departmental travel manager and need to follow UM travel policy guidelines including health insurance and international travel registration requirements.

Allowable Expenses:

  1. Airfare: Quoted market coach price at the time of application submission.
  2. In-country (non U.S.) travel (in-country air, rail, rental car, etc): Allowable provided the in-country travel can be justified in the context of the overall application objectives. Quoted market coach price for in-country travel is required at the time of the application submission.
  3. Lodging: Applicants are strongly encouraged to seek out economic lodging arrangements while traveling. See the Business Services Travel Guidelines for allowable lodging amounts. The applicant is responsible for arranging all housing.
  4. Meals: See the Business Services travel guidelines for meal per diem amounts.
  5. Registration: Cost of conference or workshop registration.
  6. Incidentals: Not allowed.